Mt Ruwenzori Kilembe Route


10 Days

Minimum Age


Fitness Level



1x - Hotel
6x - Camp
1x - Hut
1x - Farm


Standing at 5,109m, the Ruwenzori also referred to as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ lies in Western Uganda along the Uganda-Congo border. The permanently snow-capped peaks are among the highest range mountains in Africa. The Ruwenzori Mountains offer a stunning view of glaciers and landscapes. The central circuit is the main trail up the Ruwenzori Mountains. The Kilembe trail is well known for its unique and lush vegetation in the lower section but is regarded as more challenging compared to the Rwenzori central Circuit.


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Tour Plan

Day 1 Kampala To Kasese

After breakfast we drive to the western part of the country through central Uganda. It is a 5 to 6-hour long drive. We arrive just in time for a late lunch in one of Fort Portal restaurants. The town is the center of Uganda’s tea growing area. Later we drive to Kasese for dinner and overnight at Hotel Margeritha

Accommodation: Hotel Margeritha

Meal Plan: D B

Day 2 Hike to Sine Camp 2596metres

The climbing adventure starts today on Ruwenzori. After an early breakfast we drive to Kyanjuki Trekkers’ Hostel, 1450m and hike to Rangers post and on to Sine Hut (2596m). We start by walking up the valley floor through tall forest trees of the Afro Montane Forest Zone. This is a steady climb with multitudes of birds and a chance of seeing blue monkeys scampering off and Colobus monkeys swinging trough the tree tops. Enock’s Falls are just 200 meters from Sine Hut and offer a splendid opportunity to capture great pictures. We spend overnight at Sine Huts.

Accommodation: Sine Huts

Meal Plan: L D

Day 3 Hike to Mutinda Camp 3582 metres

We start our hike at 8.30am and enter the Bamboo-Mimulopsis Zone.  In the wet season the bamboo zone is rather muddy and slippery making the going slow. After a 550m high and 2km steep section we reach Kalama Camp at 3147m in the Heather Zone. We take a short rest before continuing to Mutinda Camp crossing several small rivers arriving there for lunch. In the afternoon we can ascend the Mutinda Lookout (3975m) which offers stunning views across the Rwenzori Mountains and down to Kasese town and Lake George besides being an excellent way to get acclimatized.

Accommodation:  Mutinda Camp

Meal Plan: B L D

Day 4 Hike to Bugata Camp 4100metres

The trail to Bugata Camp is boggy particularly in the wet season but with a little skill you can step from tussock to tussock to make the going easier.  First you cross the Mutinda Valley through the tussock grass and everlasting flowers interspersed with many Giant Lobelias before climbing a steep section up to the Namusangi Valley (3,840 meters), with sheer waterfalls and looking back you get fantastic views of Mutinda Peaks.

Accommodation: Bugata Camp

Meal Plan: B L D

Day 5 Hike to Hunwick’s Camp 3974metres

We leave Bugata Camp and pass up a ridge then drop down slightly before ascending to Bamwanjarra Pass at 4,450 m. Here we have a shelter should the weather turn bad.  On a clear day we get excellent views of the three main peaks. The trail passes down the valley and around the edge of some bogs and thick ever green vegetation, moss. giant groundsel and lobelia.  In the late afternoon we reach Hunwick's Camp which is situated on the top of a deep valley and has good views of Mt Stanley, Mt Baker, Weismann’s Peak and McConnell’s Prong.

Accommodation: Hunwick’s Camp

Meal Plan: B L D

Day 6 Hike to Margherita Camp 4485 meters

From Hunwick’s, we pass down and across the valley floor to Lake Kitendara which is very stunning with deep water and beautiful vegetation. From here we ascend Scott Elliott’s pass then up the ridge to Margherita Camp 4,485 m, which is situated between some huge rocks and offering some shelter from the strong winds. This is the very spot where the Duke of Abruzzi camped when making his climb to Margherita Peak in 1906.

Accommodation: Margherita Camp

Meals: B L D

Day 7 Summit Margherita Peak 5109 meters

Wake up at 2am and catch an early breakfast before heading off to climb Mt Stanley at 2.30am.

Clad in our mountain gear with ice packs and crampons we are set to conquer Mageritha Peak.  Due to the weather changes we have set the turnaround time to 10 am if we have not peaked by this time.  Otherwise heavy Snow storms could lock us in appearing suddenly in the afternoon as the clouds rise from the extensive Congo forest.   For clients with less mountaineering experience the option of staying on Stanley glacier and climb up to a good vantage point on a rocky outcrop on the southern edge of Alexandra Peak to enjoy fantastic views over Congo is available.  We descend and return to Hunwick’s camp.  It is a very long day with up to 12 hours hiking.

Accommodation: Hunwick’s Camp

Meal Plan: B L D

Day 8 Optional ascend of Weisman peak (4620m) and descend to Kiharo Camp ( 3430m)

From Hunwick’s Camp we start the day by climbing up a ridge towards McConnell’s Prong where you get the best views of all three peaks and Scott Elliott’s Pass before reaching Oliver’s Pass at 4,505 m. There is an option for the very fit to ascend of Weismanns Peak 4,620 metres from Olivers pass. On a clear day you get fantastic views of Margherita and Mt Stanley, Mt Speke and Mt Baker. The days ends at Kiharos’ Camp in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Kiharo Camp

Meal Plan: B L D

Day 9 Descend to Kyanjuki Hotel and transfer to Fort Portal

Distance Kiharo Camp to the park gate 12.2km and another 2.8km down to Trekkers Hostel – Kyanjuki. Time to walk 5 to 8 hours. The trail down the Nyamwamba Valley is mostly downhill and absolutely stunning with beautiful views, moss covered rocks along the river, cascading waterfalls, deep valleys and forests are possibly the best in the Rwenzori Mountains.

We will meet our driver at the base and continue to Fort Portal, for overnight at Kluges Guest Farm.

Accommodation: Kluges Farm

Meal Plan: B L D

Day 10 Transfer to Kampala

After breakfast, we drive back to Kampala (5/6hrs) with optional lunch en-route.

Options for overnight stay or connecting with evening flights out of Entebbe is possible.


  • - Meal plan as specified –BB (bed and Breakfast), HB (Half board; breakfast and dinner), FB (Full board; breakfast, lunch and dinner) on the mountain
  • Airport transfers and safari on 4x4 vehicles
  • English speaking driver guides
  • Tents, guides and porters during the hikes


  • International arrival and departure
  • Drinks in hotels and lodges/ telephone/ laundry/visa fees/ tips


Best months: June to August & December to February                                                                     


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